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Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Don't upset the Lab!

Chey giving mommy puppy kisses
Have you ever seen the energizer bunny in a Labrador Retriever package? If not, then take a look at Cheyenne's picture because she is most definitely one and she is driving me crazy!

A little background information... about a month ago I hurt my foot and only a week ago was I diagnosed with Morton's Neuroma. Now, it is nothing that some time off my foot wouldn’t solve but this leaves me in a peculiar situation: the Lab Brats.

Sure, dogs can feel that there is something wrong with their human parents but they just don't grasp what that problem is. So, they give all the loving attention and loads of wet kisses to their owners to make everything right in the world once again. For a Lab, this is sure to solve everything and anything so that the mommy or daddy can get back on their feet and play, play, play!

So now back to Cheyenne... for the love of chocolate that pup doesn't grasp that mommy can't run around, take her for long walks, or even enter the dog park as I have one of my own paws in the air. To let me know that she is upset, she has now resorted to going into her crate (with the crate door open) and letting out one high pitch bark every 5 minutes or so. Just to make sure that I know she has a ton of energy and is not happy at the moment that mommy isn't braving through her ailment and shower her royal-energizer-bunny-highness with some much needed Labbie play time. *laugh*

Yes, I do feel bad because I know she is a Lab and I understand that she has a ton of energy to burn given how the extreme Midwest winter has been making it impossible for us to get outside most days. Why, oh why, can't she just be like Dakota and find pleasure in the sunspots? No! Not Cheyenne! She wants mommy to play and she wants it now before she bursts!

What's a Lab mommy to do? Maybe I should go lay in Dakota's crate and bark at Cheyenne for a change. *big laugh*



Blogger Veronica said...

looks like you need to reconsider Doggie Daycare ;-)

March 05, 2008 11:09 AM  
Blogger Lacy said...

woofies brats, heehee dat sound like a pawsome idea to me...bark back....

b safe,

March 05, 2008 5:45 PM  
Blogger Beth said...

Shannon - I struggled with a nueroma in my right foot for about a year and finally opted for surgery last November. My number one worry, though, was keeping my 2 1/2 year old chocolate lab, Gracie, entertained during my two week recovery time. She is use to at least two walks per day (hence the foot injury!) and dog park visits on the weekends. Happily, my sister was able to stay with me for two weeks and filled in nicely as a surrogate dog walker. The nearby off leash park was helpful too, because I could sit while Grace played, and then later, I could hobble along while she ran ahead of me. Good luck with your recovery!

March 05, 2008 6:35 PM  
Blogger The Zoo Crew said...

Hi! We found you through Oceana's blog :) Nice to meetyou! Although we don't have a full-blooded lab as part of our crew, we do have a very sweet lab/boxer mix named Zen. Stop by and see us sometime!

Peace + Paws,

The Zoo Crew

March 05, 2008 10:44 PM  
Blogger Shannon said...

Veronica - figures you would say that. LOL Actually they usually go that long without doggy daycare so it was just a normal day and not withdrawls. ;)

Lacy - I started barking back last night and she wasnt happy. *laugh*

Beth - Thanks for sharing your experience with Neuromas and what you did to keep Gracie happy while you were recovering. My husband has been wonderful with the girls since I am on bed rest.. hopefully I wont need surgery.

The Zoo Crew - Glad you found us! We will be sure to stop by and visit!

March 06, 2008 8:28 AM  

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